Marvel Villains: Understanding the Enemy

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.”Ender’s Game The Marvel Cinematic Universe now boasts... Continue Reading →

A Measure of Mercy: The Heroism of Frodo Baggins

Mercy can be difficult to offer, no question about it. Because of that, characters who show mercy to those who oppose them are some of the most heroic (in my opinion). Jean Valjean refusing to shoot Javert (Les Misérables), Rey healing Kylo (Star Wars: The Return of Skywalker), and Bilbo deciding not to kill Gollum... Continue Reading →

Maveth: Planet of Death

The science fiction genre gives readers (and viewers) great opportunities to explore planets—both real and fictional. Star Wars is especially famous for transporting its fans to dozens upon dozens of different worlds that are as unique and beautiful as those of our own galaxy. But for me, one of the most intriguing, fascinating fictional planets... Continue Reading →

Death and Growing Up in My Girl

Vada Sultenfuss has lived her first eleven years surrounded by death. Her father owns and runs a funeral home, and he talks about cadavers and funerals with his daughter (and anyone else who might be around) as though that’s a perfectly ordinary topic of conversation. Which, as a funeral home director, maybe it is. Nevertheless,... Continue Reading →

The Characters of Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg could have taken the easy way out. He had dinosaurs—arguably the greatest achievement in CGI up to that point in history. Jurassic Park already had its selling point, its hook, the shiny thing that would make every kid and his family hyped to see the film. Because of the dinosaurs, Spielberg could have... Continue Reading →

The Power of Fairytale Retellings

Fairytales are all but ubiquitous to our modern culture, thanks to Disney’s princess films. But even with their importance in the cultural landscape—and, let’s face it, their entertainment value—some people look down on fairytales, princess movies, and suchlike. They wonder why fairytales are still relevant when they’re ‘just’ a bunch of fantastical stories that don’t... Continue Reading →

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